Polling guru reveals EU’s biggest Brexit regret - but they only realised with ...

POLLING GURU Sir John Curtice has explained the regrets the EU has had over Brexit and negotiations with the UK on exiting the European Union.

PUBLISHED: 21:13, Tue, Oct 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 21:36, Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Political Scientist and polling expert Sir John Curtice revealed the potential regrets the EU has regarding their negotiations with the UK on Brexit. In an interview with Express.co.uk, Sir John argued the European Union were unlikely to have many regrets as they very quickly outlined the issues they thought to be most important from the beginning of the negotiations. He said: “I’m not sure the EU have got enormous regrets as they prioritised the three things they felt mattered.

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“With the benefit of hindsight they might say that in agreeing to the United Kingdom request under Theresa May to go for a UK wide backstop which means under the backstop the UK as a whole remains in the customs union and the single market.

“Rather than just Northern Ireland only backstop.

“The European Union may have said to the Prime Minister, are you sure?

“Because in the end, that is certainly one of the things that undid the Prime Minister.

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Brexit News John Curtice updateJohn Curtice explained the EU's biggest regrets on Brexit talks (Image: Daily Express)

Brexit News Jean-Claude JunckerJohn Curtice explained the EU was cautious to outline the three things they felt most important in the Brexit talks (Image: Getty)

“This helped Theresa May keep the DUP on board but it created a lot of the difficulty with the European Research Group (ERG)

“That version of the backstop and what it laid out basically meant that a so-called Canada style free trade agreement, which is what most Brexiteers want, could not be delivered.

“It would force us to a closer relationship with the European Union post-Brexit than many Brexiteers would like.”

The polling expert then went on to commend Boris Johnson for his negotiations with the European Union as his ability to open the withdrawal agreement

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